444055 A Refined Non-Random Two-Liquid Segment Activity Coefficient Model for Solubility Modeling

Monday, April 11, 2016
Exhibit Hall E (George R. Brown )
Yifan Hao, Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX and Chau-Chyun Chen, Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Accurate correlation and robust prediction for complex molecule solubility or solid-liquid equilibrium (SLE) in solvents and solvent mixtures have drawn much interest recently [Tanveer et al., Chem. Eng. Prog. 2014, 110 (9), 37-47]. Solubility models such as the Non-Random Two Liquid Segment Activity Coefficient (NRTL-SAC) model [Chen and Song, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2004, 43, 8354-8362] are now routinely used in the industries. However, an important unfilled need is to model the solubility in oligomers/polymers/surfactants such as asphaltene nanoaggregates in petroleum fluids and drug molecules in lipid-based or solid dispersion formulation [Tung, Org. Proc. Res. Dev. 2013, 17, 445-454]. This paper presents a refinement to the very successful NRTL-SAC model to better account for the contribution due to size differences of molecules. Specifically, the Flory-Huggins combinatorial entropy expression for conceptual segments in the model is substituted with the Staverman-Guggenheim expression for real molecules. We present the rationale for the refined model, the updated conceptual segment numbers for common solvents, and the newly identified conceptual segment numbers for common drug excipients. The model performance is illustrated by prediction of drug molecule solubility in various lipid solvents and solvent mixtures, compared to experimental data and previous work by other models. The refined NRTL-SAC model shows enhanced capability to correlate and predict drug molecule solubility in common solvents and excipients used in drug formulation.

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